Mike was born in Birmingham and grew up in Palmerdale, Alabama. Mike’s mother raised his sister and him after their father died when Mike was four years old. Mike attended public schools in Pinson, Alabama. After graduating from Pinson Valley High School, Mike worked while attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham (“UAB”). He graduated from UAB in 1992, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business.
Mike’s father died in an on-the-job industrial accident. Mike first became interested in representing people who had been injured or killed after seeing firsthand how an attorney helped his family, after the loss of his father. “Representing injured people, people who have lost loved ones, or folks who have been taken advantage of is very personal to me.”
Mike worked his way through law school and graduated early, with honors, in December 1996. He took the Alabama bar exam in February 1997, and began practicing law with Pittman, Hooks, Dutton, & Hollis, P.C. (now Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, P.C. (“PDH”) in April 1997. Mike is a partner with PDH.
Areas of Expertise
Mike practices in the areas of product liability, auto accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, medical device, pharmaceutical litigation, premises liability, consumer lending, fraud and bad faith. Mike handles cases throughout the State of Alabama and tries cases in state and federal courts. He and two of his partners obtained one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Jefferson County, Alabama and one of the largest product liability verdicts in DeKalb County, Alabama. Mike is involved in national medical device and pharmaceutical litigation.
Mike is admitted to practice before the Alabama Supreme Court and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama. Mike is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Birmingham Bar Association, Alabama Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice. Mike is presently chair of the Alabama Association for Justice’s Medical Malpractice Caucus. Mike is a former professor of civil procedure at the Birmingham School of Law. He also speaks at continuing legal education programs.
Mike is married to the former Amy Elliott, his high school sweetheart, and they have two children, Jake and Elli Anne. Mike and his family attend church in Trussville, Alabama. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, exercising, and practicing law.